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'''Frederick Douglass''' (born '''Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey''', c. February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and Politician|statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the Abolitionism in the United States|abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. "Moreover, though he does not make the point explicitly, again the very fact that Douglass is ably disputing this argument on this occasion celebrating a select few's intellect and will (or moral character) — this fact constitutes a living counterexample to the narrowness of the pro-slavery definition of...
DateJanuary 1981| journal = The Florida Historical Quarterly
Url| title = This Day is Resistance History: The Birth of Frederick Douglass| date =February 14, 2012}} "The publishing of this autobiography by Douglass came about in part because Douglass would often encounter disbelief from White audiences about his former slave status, because he spoke so eloquently in public."
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